Colorado Mesa eliminates Delta State in Division II World Series

Delta State baseball coach Mike Kinnison
Delta State baseball coach Mike Kinnison Delta State University

Delta State’s season ended Wednesday night at the NCAA Division II College World Series.

Second-ranked Colorado Mesa defeated No. 1 Delta State 6-2 at AirHogs Stadium in Grand Prairie (TX). Colorado Mesa (50-11) earned a spot in the Division II Final Four.

It was the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

Josh Russell hit a solo homer. Juwon Barney had an RBI single for the Statesmen. Jason Popovich led Delta State with three hits. As a team, the Statesmen had eight hits.

Chris Ramirez (10-1) threw a complete game, allowing just two runs on eight hits, walked two and struck out seven on only 113 pitches.

Kevan Elcock went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored for Colorado Mesa. Lane LaCrone had two hits and scored twice.

Peyton White (4-2) worked 6  1/3 innings to take the loss. He allowed three runs on eight hits with three strikeouts to take the loss.

Delta State, coached by Mike Kinnison, finished 45-13. Delta State finished 1-2 in the Division II College World Series.

The Statesmen won the 2004 D-2 title.

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